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Craft Designer or Worker

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Craft designers design and make three dimensional items such as jewellery, pottery, ceramics, ornaments, tableware, furniture and glassware. They may design an item to be made in a factory, or as a 'one-off', made in a small workshop for a particular client. They normally specialise in one craft.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for craft designers and workers in the UK can be in the range £15,000 to £22,000 a year. Experienced designers can earn more. Many craft designers or workers are self-employed or work freelance. They charge a fee, which varies depending on the item designed or made, and on their reputation. The better known they are, the more they can charge. Some sell their wares mainly at seasonal fairs which means that income is irregular.

Conditions

In manufacturing:

In a small craft workshop:

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

For art school courses you need to apply through UCAS. Some courses have a closing date of 15th January and others have the closing date of 24th March.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
2598
2.1 %
RISE
2023
2652
  United Kingdom
2018
42759
2.8 %
RISE
2023
43972

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Many small-scale craft designers choose to live and work in rural areas.

Young Scot and Creative Scotland operate the 'Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund', which aims to support young people aged 11-25 and interested in developing creative or artistic skills. Both individuals and groups can apply for funding ranging from £50 to £1,000. For more information see the Young Scot website.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Society of Designers (CSD)
Tel: 020 7357 8088
E-mail: info@csd.org.uk
Website: http://www.csd.org.uk
Twitter: @csdminerva
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charteredsocietyofdesigners

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: edinburgh@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Design Council
Tel: 020 7420 5200
E-mail: info@designcouncil.org.uk
Website: http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/
Twitter: @designcouncil
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DesignCouncil

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Career Area

Art and Design

Career Sectors

3 Dimensional Design

Fashion or Textile Design

Fine Art or Graphic Design

Interior Design or Display

Photography